Digital Marketing

Firefox vs Chrome : Which is the best for you ?

By Jazz, on February 13, 2021, updated on February 27, 2021 - 4 min read

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are, without any contest, the two most used web browsers in the world. When it comes the time to choose between one and the other, the duel is quite tight. If Google is very convenient, Firefox cares about your privacy so your choice will depend on your expectations.

You used to be on the Google team and you want to Switch to the Firefox one ? You Wonder which web browser is the best for you ? Although Chrome is the most popular browser with 60 % to 65 % of claimed users against 5 % to 10 % for Mozilla, both of them are quite in a tie. Even if Firefox takes a competitive edge on Chrome regarding the respect of your privacy.

To compare these two well known web browsers we’re going to raise 5 points :

  • The available features
  • The user experience (UX) and interface
  • The performance abilities
  • The respect of your privacy
  • The security provided by each browser

Firefox vs Chrome Security

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome
Incorporated popup blocker
Shield against bad websites
Password protection
Security extensions
Anti phishing
Built in anti tracking
chrome-security
no-tracking-security

You want to be safe when you’re browsing on the internet ? The security offered by a browser is one of the main criteria to look at. On that point Mozilla as Chrome offers satisfying guarantees with :

  • Shield against dangerous websites
  • Anti phishing system
  • Pop up blocking
  • Security extensions
  • Password protection

That’s really a tight duel between these two browsers when we talk about security. Google Chrome has however a minor lead on password protection in comparison to Firefox because its password protection feature is more intuitive. Furthermore, the warning against dangerous websites is more clear and visible on Chrome.

Nevertheless, Firefox takes a competitive edge thanks to its built-in anti-tracking feature available on all supports that Chrome doesn’t offer you in its default settings. If you want a good anti tracking with Chrome you’ll need to use an extension for it.

Features

chrome-features
firefox-features
FirefoxChrome
Number of extensions
Chromecast
Night shift
QR reader for mobile
Translator
Reverse image search
Capture
synchronization
  • A large add-ons library
  • Synchronization between devices

However Google Chrome seems to take a competitive edge on Firefox thanks to its very intuitive synchronization system that allows you to switch to any device and any google service (Gmail, Google Docs, Google plus, etc…) in one click. Furthermore Google has some very exciting features as :

  • the night reading setting
  • the QR reader on mobile
  • the full-screen capture tool

Interface and user experience

chrome-browser
firefox-browser
Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome
Ease of use
Customization

You are a tech addict and no interface fears you? You are not familiar with technology? According to your abilities, you’ll choose one or the other. Even though both browsers are quite easy to use, Chrome seems to be the simplest because its interface is intuitive and clean while Mozilla’s one is less attractive at first glance.

However, if you like to customize your browser and you understand technology well you’ll have to choose Mozilla. Indeed, this browser offers many useful customization characteristics with buttons adding or personalizable tabs whereas Chrome is pretty poor on that.

Anyhow both of them are quite easy to manage because searching and tabs are quite easy to use even though Firefox takes the lead thanks to its horizontal scrolling feature that is available when you open several tabs.

In brief, if you want to have a customizable browsing space you should opt for Mozilla and if you just want to make a search without any frills Chrome will be the one for you because you don’t need to be a tech addict to manage it.

Memory use and Performance

Performance

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome
Random Access Memory saving
Loading speed
Websites using web standards
Battery saving

You want a browser that doesn’t use all your RAM ? You want a battery saver ? Chrome is far behind Firefox on the first point because, according to several studies, it wastes a lot of RAM when many tabs are open. That can slowdown your system if you like to open many tabs at once. So, if you want to save your computer Memory it’s better to opt for Firefox.

However and against all the evidence, Chrome is the best browser if you want to save your computer battery because Mozilla consumes it fast.

Concerning the page loading speed, Mozilla has made quite an effort with the release of its Firefox Quantum version that allows it to compete with Chrome without any difficulty.

The really differentiating point holds on the ability of Firefox to read some websites’ pages. Chrome is the most used browser in the world and, de facto, the large Majority of websites are made for Chrome. That can provoke some issues for Firefox to correctly read some websites. In some cases, Firefox can crash and ruin your browsing. Furthermore Firefox won’t read a website page until it has been completely loaded whereas Chrome allows you to navigate on the page even if it has not been fully loaded.
So on point 4, it’s preferable to opt for Chrome even if it consumes a lot of memory.

Firefox vs Chrome Privacy

chrome-privacy
Firefox-Private

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome
protect data
Private tab

You want your browsing data to stay private? On that point, that’s not a secret for anybody, Chrome has an important lagging behind Firefox. Although it offers, like Firefox, a private browsing mode and that you can add some plugins to increase your privacy (VPN, anti tracking, etc…) Chrome belongs to Google. The American firm is not known for the respect of the privacy of their customers since they based their business model on collecting the information of their users…

Firefox vs Chrome : which one fits to your need ?

If you care about your privacy and don’t want your data to be collected you’d better choose to use Firefox.
According to these 5 comparison points it’s not easy to determine which of these two internet browsers is the best. Chrome is quite complete and intuitive and it collects your data whereas Firefox is very complete but can be quite difficult to manage for some people. However the competitive edge of Firefox stands in its respect of the user’s privacy. So if you want an intuitive browser just to make some searches on the internet Google Chrome is the one for you and you’ll enjoy all its functionalities. If you want to customize your experience and have a browser respectful of your privacy you should go to Firefox.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome
SecurityBuilt-in popup block
Built in anti track on all devices
Shield against bad website
Password protection
Security plugins
Anti phishing
FeaturesNumber of plugins
Chromecast
Night shift
QR
Capture
synchronization
Translator
Reverse image search
InterfaceEase of use
customization
Websites reading ability
Speed and performRAM saving
Loading speed
Battery saving
Navigation without being entirely loaded
privacyprotect data
Private mode

Jazz